Usually Fourth Thursday of the Month

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Thursday, 21 January: Revelations, Ngallametta and Two Sisters (revisited)

Thursday, 18 February: I Do: Wedding stories from Queensland (Queensland Museum)

Thursday, 18 March: Bahaus Now (Museum of Brisbane)

POSTPONED – Thursday, 15 April: William Yang: Seeing and Being Seen 2.00pm at the QAG (this guided tour has been rescheduled for July. The gallery has taken this decision to protect the health and well-being of their guides as well as our members).

Thursday, 20 May: Occurrent Affairs: City of Ladies UQ Art Museum

Thursday, 17 June: European Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum, New York – GOMA 2.00pm

Thursday, 15 July: William Yang: “Seeing and Being Seen” QAG

Thursday, 19 August: TBA

Thursday, 16 September: TBA


Thursday, 27 February 2020: : Dyinala, Nganinya Qld Art Gallery

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Thursday, 24 September: Queensland Art Gallery :  Two Sisters: A Singular Vision. This exhibition celebrates the very generous contributions made to Queensland Art Gallery by Margaret Mittelheuser AM (1931-2013) and Cathryn Mittelheuser AM.

Recent 2019 Circles

November: Anne Wallace: Strange Ways at the QUT Art Museum

October: Philip Wolfhagen at the Philip Bacon Gallery, 2 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley

September: William Robinson: Colour at Old Government House, 2 George Street, Brisbane

August: Ben Quilty at GOMA

July: Arthur Boyd Exhibition:  Landscape of the Soul at Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich

June: Margaret Olley: A Generous Life at Queensland At Gallery

May: Goobalathandin Dick Roughsey: Stories of this land at QAG

April: Anzac Day

March: Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power at the UQ Art Museum

February: 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at QAGOMA

Previous 2018 Circles

November: The University of Queensland Art Museum:  Layered Threads by Shirley Macnamara; Concealed Histories by Judy Watson, and Play On – the art of sport.

October: Philip Bacon Gallery: Works by Peter Anderson.

September: No Art Circle as this is the day after the Sunshine Coast trip.

August: QUT Art Museum:  Celebrating Australian Women Abstract Artists, an exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia, and “Salon de Fleurus”, a contemporary reconstruction of Gertrude Stein’s Parisian salon.

July: The Bowerbird and The Bride From the collection of award-winning Australian costume designer Marion Boyce

June: Tony Albert: indigenous artist, Queensland Art Gallery

May: Transboundaries QUT Art Museum

April: Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection, Gallery of Modern Art

March: Picasso: The Vollard Suite Queensland Art Gallery

February: Asia Pacific Triennial

January: Museum of Brisbane, City Hall, King George Square – “Mao’s Last Dancer”: the exhibition. A portrait of Li Cunxin” and In “Every day I wait” multidisciplinary artist Anne Scott Wilson draws on her past as a professional ballet dancer to explore the mental and physical dedication of dancers, their agony, and endurance relative to the fleeting moments of glory as a performer.


2017 Activities

October: Exhibition of paintings by June Tupicoff, The Philip Bacon Art Gallery, 2 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley

September: Members took part in the Trip to Murwillumbah

August: Sung into Being and Travellers Queensland Art Gallery, South Bank

July: Louise Hearman, 2016 Archibald Prize Winner – 1:30pm QUT Art Museum

June: The University of Queensland Fryer Library Visit Daphne Mayo images Delve into the Thatcher Cookbook

May: War-Time Quilts: Quilts from Military Fabrics features a dazzling array of unique and diverse quilts made from 1710 through to the end of the 20th century, covering a multitude of different wars, cultures and countries.

Paintings by Ellis Rowan: Ellis Rowan earned an international reputation as a flower painter, naturalist and adventurer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

April: “Making Modernism” – paintings by American artist Georgia O’Keefe together with modernist masterpieces by Australian painters Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith

March: Philanthropists and Collections – 1.30 pm The University of Queensland Art Museum, St Lucia

February: Glass: Art Design; Architecture 

January: Ink Remix: Contemporary Art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong


Recent 2016 Activities

November: No. 1. Neighbour, Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016.

October: Tour of Government House at the invitation of our patron Mrs Kaye de Jersey, to see the public rooms and the display of paintings by Queensland artists

September: No Circle this month

August: Cindy Sherman

July: Exhibition of Paintings by Margaret Olley

June: Exhibition of paintings by Jeffrey Smart

May: Proposed bus trip to Redland Art Gallery and Redland Museum followed by lunch at Cleveland

April: Ephemeral Traces: Brisbane’s artist- run scene in the 1980’s: and Sydney Nolan’s paintings on slate.March Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour

February: The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

2015 Activities

November  Anne Clarke painter and graphic artist

August The Photograph and Australia. A major survey organized by the Art Gallery of NSW.

July William Kentridge Drawn from Africa. A National Gallery touring exhibition, exploring contemporary society in South Africa

June Painting with Light an exhibition of works by William Bustard.

May Cross-Pose: Body Language in Australian Indigenous Art curated by Sally Butler and Peter Hennessey: Making it Real an exhibition of works by Peter Hennessey

March Private Lyceum tour of Hito Steyerl’s Too Much World.

January State Library of Queensland: White Gloves Visit to see some of their art treasures.

Earlier Circles

Floressence – works by the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland

 Philip Hunter is a painter of the Australian landscape, and drawshis inspiration particularly from the Wimmera landscape.

Five Centuries of Melancholia     2014 marks the 500thanniversary of Albrecht Durer’s engraving Melancholia I (1514).

Harvest explores the production, consumption and symbolism offood, and looks at colonial legacies and globalization.

A Delicate Beauty: a perspective of paintings by Sam Fullbrook (1922-2004), known as a highly skilled colourist and tonalist, often described as apainter’s painter

Combined Event Cinema and Art Circles: Talk at GOMA Cinema B by José Da Silva, Senior Curator, Australian Cinémathèque White Cube / Black Box: Art and the Moving Image.

Day Trip to the Margaret Olley Art Centre – Tweed River Art Gallery.

The River: A History of Brisbane – art works and objects from the City of Brisbane collection

Arthur Boyd – An Active Witness. A Bundanon Trust touring exhibition. QUT Art Museum

Cai Guo-Qiang Falling Back to Earth

The University of Queensland Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize 2013

From Clay to Kindle: the History and Art of the Book:  A white gloves tour of items from the Australian Library of Art Last meeting for the year. Meet in the ground floor foyer of the State Library of Queensland 1:20 pm.

Floressence (incorporating Botanica) Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland

Day trip to the North Coast to view the Sculpture Garden in the Maroochy Botanic Gardens

a) Quilts 1700-1945 exhibition from the V&A Museum, London b) Ruth Stoneley: A Stitch in Time

Preparation for the visit to the Quilts 1700-1945 exhibition

Light Fantastic: 20 Years Since Expo 88 and Brisbane River – stories, artefacts, paintings, interactive multi-media. Museum of Brisbane – newly reopened.

Djalkari  – artists from Blue Mud Bay, Eastern Arnhem Land and Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, visiting exhibition from the MCA, Sydney. The University of Queensland Art Museum.

Day trip to Murwillumbah to see It’s All About the Light: Works by Margaret Olley, Tweed River Art Gallery.

Trip to Adelaide

7th Asia Pacific Triennial exhibition

Transforming Tinsdale Unheard stories are given a voice in this powerful exhibition of scientific photographs and contemporary artworks, exploring the legacy of a 1938

Bus trip to Boonah Scenic Rim Depart Creek Street 8:30 am. Contact Convener

Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado